Trial of the Chicago 7, The: Great Ensemble, but Who Will Earn Supporting Actor Nomination

The Whole Cast of Sorkin’s Film Will Compete in the Supporting Actor Category


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The entire cast of The Trial of the Chicago 7 — among them Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance and Jeremy Strong — will be placed for Oscar awards in the supporting actor category.
The period piece drama, which was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, has generated rave reviews from critics and, since streaming on Netflix on October 16, widespread buzz among the general public, with strong notices spread between its numerous well-known actors — some of whom, such as Cohen, have more screen time than others, like Keaton, who essentially makes a glorified cameo.Trial of the Chicago 7 is a leading contender for the best ensemble SAG Award.Netflix has another 2020 ensemble film, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, Delroy Lindo (who has never been nominated) garnered the best reviews, which led the studio’s decision to position him as a lead actor and the rest of the cast as supporting actors.Baron Cohen, as Abbie Hoffman, has slightly more buzz than his castmates, and may also benefit from rendering a completely different performance in the new Borat Subsequent Movie.But in this most unusual year, the supporting actor category is relatively thin, which may help the film to get multiple nominations.

Also excellent is Mark Rylance, a past winner of the category, for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer William Kunstler, and Abdul-Mateen II, an Emmy winner this year for Watchmen, for his portrayal of Bobby Seale.

Several films have previously landed three nominations in a single supporting category:

1954’s On the Waterfront (3 men)

1963’s Tom Jones (3 women)

1972’s The Godfather (3 men)

1974’s The Godfather, Part II (3 men).

But none has achieved that in the last 46 years.

Moreover, no film has ever landed as many as four nominations in the same supporting league.